Now, I hate the captain, and LOVE Maker's Mark.
Might be time to try another pass at Tale of Two Cities...
and not too far off from the operational expenditures that were in the YR site
■Operational Expenditure Per Pupil: $13,078
and here is the $13,078... from the CPS website
again there are other additional budgets at play, so I will continue digging
Last edited by Schutzengel; 09-10-12 at 08:58 PM. Reason: including additional facts.
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid. - Ike
Tea is better for you than Kool-Aid.
Anyway, back to the "functionally illiterate" thing.... a person who is functionally illiterate cannot do very simple things like reading an application for employment, reading a driver's ed test, etc. You don't need to be reading on an 8th grade level to read basic stuff. Most things aren't written on a high level.
The school which begins low has the advantage over the school who starts high.
For example, lets say your baseline score is just a miserable 10% for school A. Another school B has a starting figure of 50% which is incredibly higher than A. Let us say that you have to improve by a factor of 5% to make AYP. Which one has the easier task ahead of them given room for improvement.
Now lets say school A makes AYP because they double scores up to a level of 20%. The school B stands pat and fails to make any additional progress holding at 50%. They fail to show any progress.
Which school do you want your kids to attend?
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
On the contrary, property owners pay near college tuition amounts per student, should we not demand a better result, than functionally literate?
And my take on the current merit based system that it seems they have put in place is not based on hearsay, or on what the union is putting down, but on my own first hand experience. I COMPLETELY understand why people feel there should be a merit based system put in place, but I worry about what that system would actually look like. I think it is likely that it will just be something for people to game for their own benefit and will not result in anything positive for students.
Our school doesn't even talk about the scores anymore every year because we already know that there's no way in Hades we can get to that high of a percentage of our students meeting or exceeding.
Tell you what.....start teaching those kids about Money, Checking, Credit Cards, Interest Rates, paying bills, dealing with a household budget and taxes. I think you will see a Major Improvement in Math and Reading. Also with a sharp contrast to what they have now.